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Story by Noah Chast - Story Source
Published on Wednesday March 10, 2021 - 9:03 PM

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- On March 11, 2011, the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated areas of Japan, killing over 15,000 people.

On that massive temblor's 10th anniversary, the ShakeAlert earthquake system will go live in Oregon, giving thousands of cellphone users a few precious seconds to better prepare, should a major quake strike.

Jenny Crayne, a junior inclusion and engagement specialist at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, said Wednesday this system is meant to help prepare for all sizes of earthquakes.

"Oregonians should be prepared for both 'the Big One' that we've all heard about and stayed up late at night fretting about, but also smaller earthquakes," Crayne said.

ShakeAlert is a notification system designed to alert you when an earthquake of 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale or karger is happening, or about to happen in your area.

The ShakeAlert notification should go directly to your cellphone.